Bradley Cooper in Talks to Direct ‘Star Is Born’ Remake

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Bradley Cooper is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct the third remake of the romantic drama “A Star Is Born.”

The project, based on William Wellman’s 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, centers on a fading movie star who helps a young aspiring actress while his own career spirals downward.

Cooper will produce through his 22 Green banner along with Jon Peters, Billy Gerber and Basil Iwanyk.

Clint Eastwood, who directed Cooper in “American Sniper,” became attached to direct “A Star Is Born” in 2011 with Beyonce Knowles set to star. She later fell out of  the project after becoming pregnant while Eastwood put it aside for “Jersey Boys.”

It’s unclear if Cooper will star in the film or if Knowles will rejoin the project. Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale have all been mentioned at various points for the movie star role. The latest script was written by Will Fetters with Cooper expected to revise.

“A Star Is Born” was remade in 1954 by George Cukor with Judy Garland and James Mason and again in 1976 by Frank Pierson with Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand.

Should the deal go through, “A Star Is Born” would mark Cooper’s directing debut. He will be seen next in Cameron Crowe’s romantic comedy “Aloha” opposite Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams.

Knowles’ movie credits include “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” “Dreamgirls” and “Obsessed.”

Cooper is repped by CAA.

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  1. scrufff says:

    wouldn’t be the 4th remake?
    Janet Gaynor and Fredrick March
    Judy Garland and James Mason
    Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson

    and then the Bradely Cooper project? 4th time around?

  2. NormandyWells says:

    hes a complete idiot if he casts Beyonce-she is a turrrible actress!!!

  3. Bill B. says:

    The original is an antique and the 1976 version is best forgotten (especially that hair!), but the 1954 version has a cast & score that cannot be bettered. Why another. I’m so , so, so, so tired of sequels and remakes. I was delighted when the Eastwood/Beyonce (?!) deal fell through. Hope it stays that way. Many actors can play the juicy male lead, but it takes someone special for the female lead and I can’t think of anyone. As proven with the Streisand version, modernizing this doesn’t work.

  4. Lance says:

    This is one film I really hate to see ‘rebooted’, but if it has to be, please ANYONE but Bradley Cooper in the lead role!!! Get someone that can really act, not buy his way into noms.

  5. If it’s to be based on Beyonce and Jay Z, that would make sense. Just have the Jay Z character be somewhat older and played by an actual faded star. As David Spade might say, think Eddie Murphy.

  6. Anna Kendrick should be the “star.” Chris Pine, the star’s lover and manager. Both are so effing talented.

    • NormandyWells says:

      Chris Pine is more of a prop-not really an actor (see Channing Tatum)

    • snc says:

      Anna Kendrick is almost always singing in all her films ( back to back films of her singing ). She desperately needs to cutback on the singing because she is being ridiculously typecast.

  7. Holly says:

    Amanda Seyfried & Brad Pitt

  8. PETER JAY says:

    So who’s the cast? Could it even come close to Judy and James Mason? Jack Warner should have left dear Judy’s damn classic alone! One of the best musicals ever, but they had to F with it! Anyway, Bradley would be a good lead. A lot of of great movie actors would do a great job with it. Wouldn’t you love to see what Leonardo or Chris Bale would do with it? Or even Cumberbatch or Fassbender? But you would have to have an actress fabulous enough to carry the weight opposite one of these pros and carry the movie. And sing and dance also. But there’s only one Judy. And Bradley is starting his directorial career on something huge. Right? Too big for a beginning?

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